Anthem tries to sell you on slick skins and inspirational speeches

    
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There’s no doubt that BioWare’s Anthem has a lot of expectations and excitement resting on its shoulders, so it’s a good thing that those shoulders are massive and reinforced with indestructable metals. The studio dropped a new trailer this week that was aimed at selling the game’s Legion of Dawn Edition to hopeful players.

Those who do want to pony up $80 will get themselves some wicked-looking armor sets and access to the VIP demo ahead of the game’s February release. And even if you’re not one for special editions, the trailer and page do deliver some interesting backstory about General Tarsis and her legion that helped to defend humanity on this hostile world.

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Bannex

Looking forward to buying this game….

6 months after release, on sale – bugs squashed all dlcs included.

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Xijit

all DLC is going to be free anyway, but knock yourself out if that is what you are into.

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Bannex

Into a bug free game with all the content that should’ve been there at launch?

Don’t mind if I do!

You do realize they’re going to get their “games as service” money somehow right? It won’t just be cosmetics.

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Armsbend

I was listening to Adobe’s CEO talk the other day and he mentioned “software as a service” economy. I almost puked.

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kirosuto

Why, because Adobe got it right? It was no trade secret that Adobe was losing millions because of piracy and the old model was a lose-lose for both Adobe and its users. The SaaS model is a compromise between the two.

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Sorenthaz

Anthem is definitely a “wait and maybe consider later” game for me. If I even bother to remember it exists. At this point I’d just go back to playing Warframe if I want a sci-fi fix. Or maybe I’d consider Destiny 2.

Gameplay-wise it just doesn’t look like it does anything new to me that really looks interesting. Maybe closer to release or whenever Twitch streamers wave it around I’ll be a bit more interested, but the whole thing just looks like Bioware’s last attempts to avoid being cannibalized by EA.

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Neiloch Fyrestarter

combat seems like a better, more refined version of what you got in ME:Andromeda. Even more action like since they kind of restrained andromeda for more RPG minded folks.

I’m still suspect of what end game will be like and how any sort of cash shop/extras will work in practice given its EA but its gameplay seems quite solid.

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Bruno Brito

Anthem is definitely a “wait and maybe consider later” game

Honestly, all games should be like that.

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Sana Tan

This doesn’t appeal to me in any way. I played Warframe and got bored after 2 days even with friends, and this looks even more generic. In top of that, I’m a salty SWTOR player and I suspect all my sub money went to this game instead of SWTOR.

If they are trying to sell “bioware stories” we know that the good writers left it long ago. Not wishing its death but going to skip it.

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Arktouros

I used to preorder everything back when game companies were far more reliable but these days it’s a real crap shoot what kind of game you’re going to get. There’s maybe 3 companies/products total I will guaranteed buy/preorder anymore.

There’s so many flash-in-the-pan games that promise ongoing, online replay value that simply boil down to daily fetch quests and kill 20 rats quests that feel solely there to try to keep you playing and maybe paying. That kind of gameplay got tiresome in MMOs 10 years ago but I guess the console crowd offers a whole set of gamers who potentially haven’t experienced that recycled content a bojillion times across game after game.

30 day wait.

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free demo on February 1st, lets you play roughly in the middle of the campaign

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Armsbend

Still not worth pre-ordering – as there are many example of companies changing the game on launch day. ArcheAge.

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Neiloch Fyrestarter

oh im against pre-orders in general as well, i’m just pointing out you can still play the ‘demo’ even without pre-ordering.

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Arktouros

ArcheAge’s bait-and-switch followed by Albion’s never ending development cycle basically killed it all for me. Playing beta/demos/early access/etc that will get wiped is just a huge waste of time to me these days.

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Arktouros

A limited demo isn’t really going to tell me anything about the game I can’t just find out watching a video online.

Kinda done being someone’s unpaid QA tester.

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kirosuto

That MMO burnout.

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Xijit

The devs also had another live stream this morning, this time it was to show off the attributes on on loot drops and how item stats work.

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Veldara

I’m excited for the game and I with my guild of friends we are all looking forward to 2019’s muliplayer releases, but we’re waiting on reviews and youtube news on the game before picking any of them up. Picking up any Triple-A game on day one, just is too risky of gamble with the way the industry is right now.

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K38FishTacos

Pre-order a game in 2019 after all we’ve seen? Hell no.

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IronSalamander8 .

No. Just no. Maybe it’ll be a good game but I’m not banking on it. I still think the graphics are excellent but no way I’ll pre-order a game from EA. It’s not like the BW name means much anymore either.

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Godnaz

Not going to pre-order for a skin and beta access. Since ‘reviews’ always drop just days after launch, I’ll gladly wait to piece all of it together to form an opinion. That said, I have been following along and from what I’ve seen, Bioware has produced a pretty solid title that Destiny 2 wanted to but could never be, in Anthem.

No lootboxes are promised. Cosmetic MTX only but at what price, is the questions. The industry market keeps testing the limits of consumers willingness to spend more. The 50 minute gear and progression video posted yesterday gives me more confidence that EA really needs the title to succeed.

With no disadvantages in waiting until after launch and verdicts to start coming in, the smart consumers will wait.

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I played 1 day of the Alpha and bought the DX pre-order that night: mechanicly it is a turbo charged Mass Effect (with jetpacks), but wandering out into the open world feels like Firefall. The plot is more Dragon Age than Mass Effect, while the writing, character depth, and delivery shits all over Destiny.

Pants down, cheeks spread, and 3 days in Tijuana ready to rip … All over every aspect of Destiny.

I had no intention of dropping for the DX when I went to pre-order (pre-ordering shit is bad enough, but CE’s & DE’s are just stupid), then I saw that it was mostly just the base game + a skin pack for all 4 suits … $5 a skin ain’t bad at all & they ain’t none too bad looking neither, so I opened my wallet.

No one should be buying that pack just for the VIP demo: sign up for EA access if you want that, since it is only $15 a month & you can just cancel it after you try the game.

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hurbster

Excitement ? I have a vague interest at best.